Language study is an integral part of MEIS, as fluency in a foreign language allows us to understand a culture on its own terms. We encourage students to take at least two semesters, and possibly more, of a language spoken in the Middle East, North Africa, and countries of significant Muslim populations. Currently, San Francisco State University offers four semesters of Hebrew, Persian, and Arabic, in addition to a variety of conversation classes. Please speak to an MEIS advisor about the best ways to integrate language studies into the rest of your planned course of studies at SFSU. Also know that you may apply to summer classes -- and some fellowships -- both in the United States and abroad.